A number of dreams came true when Robert Kubica landed a full-time racing seat at Williams F1. However, many will be wondering if he is starting to regret that decision at all. The Grove-based team have fallen very very far from grace, from their last win in 2012 to their last podium in 2017.
Now, Kubica’s main sponsor are actively seeking a seat in a better team for the Polish driver. This will likely be for the 2020 Formula One season, which should lift his spirits after a disappointing 2019 with Williams. So far, teammate, George Russell, has had the measure of Kubica, beating him in all seven qualifying session and race.
Kubica’s return to F1 after eight years is something out of a fairytale or a Hollywood script. A one-time grand prix-winner who has finally returned to the pinnacle of motorsport after near-career ending injuries, makes movies like 2013’s Rush, an aperitif.
Sadly, the situation is far from a triumphant comeback for the 34-year old Polish driver. This is thanks in no part to the Williams F1 team and the team’s visible struggles. The team was doomed from the start, especially when their 2019 car was nearly 2 days late for pre-season testing. Robert Kubica and Russell’s fight for dominance and to be team leader only makes the scenario worse.
Prior to joining Williams F1, Robert Kubica made sure to prepare for his eventual return to the fray. A test for the Renault F1 team in 2017, as well as a reserve driver role at Williams before the big promotion, eventually paid off.
However, given the team’s almost permanent fixture to the back of the grid, Kubica’s main sponsor, PKN Orlen, are doing a serious reconsideration. In the wake of the poor result, the Polish company have dropped hints at a move away from Williams.
“This is a job for Robert and Orlen,” said company president Daniel Obajtek to Newsroom. “Everything is on the table.
“We also have such possibilities. We often talk about this topic.
“A lot here depends on the direction Robert will take. After all, he has a good sense of the sport.”